Weirdness

More Gravitational Observatories

Just when my non-scientific brain had recovered from writing the recent LIGO post, my co-writer Noel kindly informed me that there are two similar gravitational observatories in Europe: GEO 600 in Germany and VIRGO in Italy. GEO 600 (Wikipedia, official…

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Wednesday, 14th April 2010

LIGO Gravitational Observatories

These two huge L-shaped structures visible at a very low zoom level are the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) facilities in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington. Each arm of the structures is 4km in length, making them longer than the…

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Friday, 19th March 2010

Landlocked Enclaves

Roughly 1 out of every 5 countries in the world are completely surrounded by land, or landlocked. In a handful of cases a country can be completely surrounded by another single country. These landlocked enclaves are such a rare geographic…

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Monday, 15th March 2010

Dog Suicide Bridge

In 1859 a wealthy man bought a piece of land overlooking the River Clyde, on which he built a mansion. When the mansion was expanded in 1892, an access road over the Overtoun Burn was required, and so the Overtoun…

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Friday, 5th March 2010

Don Justo’s Cathedral

In the Spanish town of Mejorada Del Campo, former monk Justo Gallego Martínez has devoted the past 50 years of his life to constructing a cathedral, all by himself. After contracting tuberculosis as as a young man, Don Justo promised…

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Monday, 1st March 2010

A few of Britain’s Notable Pubs

Britain is renowned for historic pubs serving fine ales and mouthwatering food. While the reality may be that dozens of pubs are closing every week, or being taken over by large corporate chains, there are still plenty of inns that…

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Friday, 19th February 2010
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

The Wrekin – a false volcano (Volcano week 6)

The 400 metre hill known as the Wrekin is a familiar landmark across Shropshire. An isolated peak amid flat farmland,…

Britain’s Beach Huts

It has been a pretty good summer here in Britain (by our standards at least), and people have been flocking…

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number…

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